Those who are closest to the growing, or in this case hunting, of food are often the people seeing first and most the effects of climate change.
Deer eat and move to keep warm, as all animals do. Thus, if we’re having an “unusually” warm day, they will instead take a nap in the sun, since they don’t have to expend any energy, why not save it up for later that night when it does get cold.
Not only does colder weather make them move around more, but snow aids in tracking them. Prints are easily...Read More
“Does your dad kill Bambi?” Please, don’t ask hunters or their family members that. First, people aren't killing fawns, and second, it just makes people feel bad. Besides, if you eat other types of meat, I don’t see how it’s any different. Because I feel as though the person asking is just doing this to rile me, I usually answer this question by saying no, they hunt Bambi’s dad, who was already dead in the movie anyway, so no harm no foul.
Hunters and hunting culture have a lot of stigmas...Read More
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In our house, it was normal to have dad relive the story of how each deer was caught over a delicious venison meal. Each kill has it’s own uniqueness to it, whether taking a long time to track, or drag, or has a funny story, reminiscing over the meal did not make us sad or grossed out, but made us happy and more appreciative of what we were eating.
One year it took crossing a brook that had a canoe on either side, my dad and uncle both got into one, picked up the other, rowed both...Read More
I first sat down to write this post as one blog entry. I quickly realized, though, that this topic has many layers, and focusing on each in shorter entries will be better. Daughter and wife of hunters, lover of venison, I want to share the ways hunting connects people firsthand the effects of climate change, and teaches a deeper appreciation for meat and food. We’ll also explore the stereotypes and stigmas to hunting I’ve experienced, and look at its history and culture as well. Hopefully by...Read More
On Monday, October 21, 2013, Race and Ethnic Studies, The Black Student Union, and The Sustainability Institute's Task Force for Culture and Sustainability hosted the film Soul Food Junkies. This film was part of the 3rd Annual UNH Month of Food Citizenship, a collaborative community-wide effort on focusing on the myriad of topics related to the food system.
The film focuses on soul food’s connection to African American culture. Byron Hunt, a man raised by two parents from Georgia, directs and...Read More
5 students were arrested in Durham on Thursday night after the Red Sox won the World Series, 3 were arrested at Plymouth state, and a student was injured by a thrown rock in Keene (WMUR).
I was a sophomore at Simmons College in Boston when we beat the curse in 2004. We were some of the first to run down the street to celebrate a night I will never forget. We had the advantage of being very close to the park and would get there early enough that the scene was mostly jumping up and down, high-...Read More
Recently I took some time off to visit Portland, Oregon. I heard some pretty awesome things about sustainability in the city, so I was excited to see just how well it stacked up to its reputation.
In many ways, Portland does not fail to deliver on the sustainability front. I was able to easily get from the airport to the city center via their light rail system. From the city center I had the option to take buses, street cars, and light rail in and around the Greater Portland area. All of the...Read More
As UNH Wildcats, it seems quite fitting that our plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions is named WildCAP. UNH’s Climate Action Plan (CAP or WildCAP) is a direct result of our Climate Education Initiative (CEI), in which the university has committed to a sustainable energy future via greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies, practices, research and education. The Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) was originally created in 1998 to house the CEI, and after going through several...Read More
Moving through our daily schedules, we often overlook the history of our environment. As a public university, our campus has hosted many government events, but did you know that we housed military trainees in the last year of World War I? Hundreds of young men who had been drafted arrived on campus in late spring of 1918 to uphold their patriotic duty. The men arrived at UNH to learn a skilled trade. Instead of becoming a front-line soldier, they would train to become an engineer, electrician...Read More